The Christmas Fair was held on Saturday 25th November in the church halls from 10.00 – 12.30. The various stalls were well supported by everyone and the visit from Santa thrilled the youngsters. This proved to be a happy event and was very worthwhile both for fund raising and fellowship. The treasurer reports a total in excess of £2000! Well done one and all.
Christmas Fair photos
Guild Music & Fish and Chips Afternoon
At a recent church service three members of the company were presented with their Queen’s Badge by Mr James McCosh, Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Ayrshire. The recipients were Adam Gibson, Craig McLellan and Anthony Taylor. This award is the highest that may be gained by a member of the Boys Brigade. The Queen’s Badge offers the chance to to engage with the local community, take on responsibility, set personal goals, build self confidence and experience a sense of achievement.
1st Saltcoats boys brigade currently has a strength of approximately 55 boys spread across the 3 sections. This is broken down to approximately 20 in each for anchors and juniors with 15 in the company section.
The company is very active in local battalion competitions with the company section this year winning the drill competition and finishing 3rd in the scripture knowledge competition with participation and medals gained in a number of other competitions.
A very appreciative audience was treated to a feast of choral music when the City of Glasgow Chorus visited St. Cuthbert’s Church in Saltcoats recently.
There were many spine-tingling moments as the choir moved through their programme of Choral Classics.
From their opening piece “Zadok the Priest” until their final number, Parry’s “I was Glad” the Chorus kept their listeners enthralled by their precise and professional performance.
It is no surprise to learn that they have shared a stage with many international orchestras and stars in various international venues in Shanghi, Paris and Prague.
A wonderful afternoon of entertainment.
The Guild of Saltcoats St. Cuthbert’s Church decided to celebrate “Guild Week 2016” by purchasing a Celtic cross carved from olive wood in the Holy Land. The cross was presented to the church for the Communion Table on Sunday November 20, 2016 during the Guild Dedication service, at the end of Guild Week. The picture shows some of the Guild members at the close of the dedication service. Guild member and Session Clerk, Evelyn Slater, said a few words before the dedication of the cross. “As we are aware the olive tree is mentioned on numerous occasions throughout the bible – Noah and the dove and the Garden of Gethsemane where Jesus went to pray with his disciples on the night he was betrayed. In all probability he knelt under an olive tree to pray. Last year the Guild had a talk from a local group – the Olive Tree from Bridge of Weir. They support craft workers in Palestine by buying their wares and selling them here. The Guild was impressed by their talk and decided to buy and donate a cross to the church. The charity had it made for us on their visit in September. This is the cross, made from the wood of an olive tree, maybe from Gethsemene. I would like to think so. We have asked Bert to dedicate this gift of the cross and we hope that you appreciate it’s beauty and find it an appropriate addition to our chancel. The cross is donated by the Guild to St. Cuthbert’s Church. Please accept it with our love and continued service to the work of the church.”